Pikes Peak

Named for explorer Lt. Zebulon Pike, its striking beauty has inspired countless travelers, and helped shape our nation's history. Nearly six million people visit the Pikes Peak region each year. Visitors to the Peak can enjoy breathtaking vistas, hiking, picnicking, fishing, and a variety of other attractions, included our world famous 14,115-foot donut. 

Three Ways to Travel, One Unforgettable Destination

Early travelers relied on horses and mules to reach the 14,115-foot summit, but you can use your family car. Take the safe, scenic drive to the top via the world’s highest toll road. Or, you can reach the summit by train, or by hiking scenic Barr Trail. 

Oh Beautiful for Spacious Skies...

You may recognize the first line of this famous song, but did you know Pikes Peak inspired it? In 1893, Katharine Lee Bates ascended the mountain and was so moved by the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and sweeping plains, she wrote the poem that ultimately became "America the Beautiful".